Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. At an unspecified future time: eventually rose to the position of vice president.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In the end.
  • adv. For some tail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an eventual manner; finally; ultimately.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the event; in the final result or issue; in the end.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. after an unspecified period of time or an especially long delay

Etymologies

eventual +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Physical culture" became gym class, or working out, or just plain exercise, and the term eventually died--until the New York Times resurrected it as a pompous catch-all for doing somewhat inane things like riding expensive bicycles in club races and doing yoga with your dog:

    Let's Get Cultural: Cycling Causes Importance

  • When he died, the title eventually fell to Francis Bacon.

    Grand Master Of Aloofness

  • My name eventually got called for the freestyle bracket, and I won that tournament as well.

    Becoming the Natural

  • The term eventually came to mean any disposable cash.

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  • The term eventually took broader hold and, since roleplaying games evolved out of wargaming, it came to be used in that hobby as well, although with a bit less affection than either the Napoleonic or wargames version of the term.

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  • United never recovered from that blow as the title eventually slipped from their grasp with a subsequent draw at

    Evening Standard - Home

  • More importantly, the word eventually gained currency outside the ivory tower, and professors lost control of its meaning.

    Slate Articles

  • By 2006, he was embroiled in legal action with Lydia Harris, wife of the company's co-founder, and the label eventually plunged into receivership two years later, being placed up for auction.

    Market News

  • The Russian suffered a shock defeat at the World Championships last year as she faild to register a height, the title eventually went to Poland's Anna Rogowska.

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  • Apparently they were used to smoke and/or dry meat, and the term eventually came to indicate the cooking rather than the apparatus.

    Baltimore City Paper

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